Custody Made Simple

By |2021-07-21T19:22:28+00:00May 28th, 2020|featured, Legal Issues|

If you have children under the age of 18, one of the most important and challenging things in your divorce agreement is custody. With so many legal terms and logistics, it can seem downright overwhelming. We've broken the issue down for you. This article will help you think through the issues that you and your spouse will need to reach an agreement on. Best Interest of the Children In general, you and your spouse have the right to decide the [...]

Same Sex Marriage and Divorce

By |2020-08-10T21:58:52+00:00May 28th, 2020|Legal Issues|

People in same-sex relationships long looked forward to the day their marriages were treated like marriages. Finally, in 2015, the United States Supreme Court held that the right to marry is an essential part of a person's liberty. They ruled that States must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.    Various people and religious organizations refuse to recognize same-sex marriage. Both local and federal governments, however, must now treat such marriages as valid. This will result in greater certainty [...]

Community and Separate Property

By |2021-10-22T19:09:26+00:00May 27th, 2020|Legal Issues|

Before creating your divorce agreement, you need to know, from a legal standpoint, what belongs to you, what belongs to your spouse, and what belongs to both of you. In states like California, this is where the concept of community and separate property comes in. What You Need To Know About Community Property So what is "community property"? Community property is an asset or debt that both spouses have an equal right to. You own it equally, benefit from [...]

Vengeful Spending

By |2020-06-12T00:01:59+00:00May 27th, 2020|Legal Issues|

When emotions are riding high, individuals might engage in behavior that they wouldn't have previously imagined possible. One of the people in a divorce may be fixated on making sure their spouse "never sees a dime."   So, what happens if one spouse is spending a lot of money before the divorce being final?    Although marital fault is becoming less of a factor for many judges, the concept of economic fault remains essential when it comes time to divide [...]

Understanding Child Support

By |2020-06-12T00:03:15+00:00May 27th, 2020|Legal Issues|

Every child has the right to financial support from their parents until they reach the age of majority, which is between eighteen and twenty-one, depending on the state.    In almost every case, the parent who has the children less than fifty percent of the time will pay child support to the other parent. There are exceptions. Some parents split child-rearing time 50-50 and make almost the same amount of money. Other times, the parent who spends the majority of [...]

The Fate of Fido: Settling the Issue of Who Gets the Family Pet

By |2020-08-25T11:05:27+00:00May 27th, 2020|featured, Legal Issues|

For many pet owners, their furry companions are family. In many cases, both spouses want to spend time with and care for their family's dog or cat.    A court views your pet as property, and they can only make the same sort of rulings for them as they would make for any other property.    Thankfully, if you and your spouse can reach an agreement, you can create whatever kind of arrangement makes sense for you, your spouse, your [...]

FAQ: Divorce Trial

By |2020-06-04T22:28:56+00:00May 27th, 2020|Legal Issues|

Q: How much does a trial cost? A: Divorce trials can be costly. For your lawyer to prepare for and conduct a divorce trial seldom costs less than $10,000 to $20,000. Costs can go even higher, even up to $100,000 or more if the issues are complex, and include disputes such as the value of a self-owned business or a custody dispute where each parent desires primary custody. By the time your case goes to trial, you should have a [...]

Will Seeking Therapy Hurt My Chances of Keeping My Children?

By |2020-06-11T22:33:58+00:00May 26th, 2020|Divorce Process|

Divorce is hard, and counseling can be a valuable tool for emotional and psychological wellness throughout the process. However, many parents worry that seeking the help of a counselor or therapist might hurt their chances of gaining custody.   The short answer is that no, seeking therapy or counseling will not harm your chances of winning custody.   Judges usually prefer that if someone is having a hard time with the process that they seek help on their own, without [...]

The Best Divorce Advice: Avoid Trial

By |2021-09-03T14:26:26+00:00May 26th, 2020|Divorce Process|

The best way to get divorced is as cheaply, painlessly, and as quickly as possible. Most people agree on this point. However, when the spouses seeking a divorce don't see eye-to-eye about what's fair, it can be tempting see trial as a way to settle your differences. The judge may not be the understanding person you imagined. They usually take a realist approach to divorce and are therefore more inclined to say, "Your marriage is over. Neither of you will [...]

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